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Secret History: A Novel [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Donna Tartt
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Kurzbeschreibung

29. September 1996
"Powerful...Enthrallling...A ferociously well-paced entertainment."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Richard Papen arrived at Hampden College in New England and was quickly seduced by an elite group of five students, all Greek scholars, all worldly, self-assured, and, at first glance, all highly unapproachable. As Richard is drawn into their inner circle, he learns a terrifying secret that binds them to one another...a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient rite was brought to brutal life...and led to a gruesome death. And that was just the beginning....
"A smart, craftsman-like, viscerally compelling novel."
TIME
Selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK


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  • Taschenbuch: 592 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: Reprint (29. September 1996)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0449911519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449911518
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,8 x 13,7 x 3,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (250 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 666.384 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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A haunting, compelling and brilliant piece of fiction (The Times)

So irresistible and seductive it's almost a guilty pleasure (Guardian)

Donna Tartt is an amazingly good writer. She's dense, she's allusive. She's a gorgeous storyteller (Stephen King)

Takes my breath away (Ruth Rendell)

Brilliant and compulsive (Evening Standard)

A huge, mesmerizing, galloping read (Vanity Fair)

A page-turner in the true sense (Independent)

Brilliant (Sunday Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

Synopsis

Richard Papen, a relatively impoverished student at a New England college, falls in with an exclusive clique of rich, worldly Greek scholars and soon learns the dreadful secret that keeps them together. Reprint.

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Donna Tartt's first (and only) novel is, in my humble opinion, one of the most exciting books of the 20th century! It's one of those rare books that is both, intelligent and thrilling! I had to read it in one go, getting hardly any sleep during those days, yet always hoping that it wouldn't be finished too soon! Set in an New England élite college, 'The Secret History' manages to introduce the reader to the world of ancient Greek mysticismon the basis of a modern-day murder mystery.Ms. Tartt's writing is so elegant and powerful, yet so thrilling it takes your breath away.I bought this book shortly after its initial release in 1992 almost by accident: I was waiting for a plane in Frankfurt airport and decided to buy a book in the airport bookstore. Somehow the cover of 'The Secret History' caught my interest. And what a surprise... Since then, I have read this book 3 times and it never failed to thrill and enthrall me, time and again.Highly recommended, a definite must-read !!Matthias Gumz - Berlin, Germany
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Going the wrong way 20. Januar 2008
Von andante VINE-PRODUKTTESTER
Format:Taschenbuch
The book is exceptionally well written and has an interesting plot with remarkable characters that keep your interest to the very end. It is told in the first-person perspective by a young college student from a a humble background who becomes a member of a clique whose members are from a a better social class, well, at least some of them. Their privileged background doesn’t really help their characters and morals, so very soon a murder occurs which needs to be covered up. The reader learns early on about the murderers so the tension lies, among other things, when the murderers will be discovered. Nothing is, however, that easy or even what it seems. The author keeps you guessing till the end, but then the novel is more about the moral depths in all of us than a simple tale of murder and cruelty. Very recommendable.
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The Kirkus review is way off the mark, the usual drivel in search of profound statements. I don't know what he/she has been reading, but I will say, this is a story which reaches to the primal streak in all our souls. The story is fantastic. The detail is worthy of Michener but focused entirely around emotions and affairs of the mind of people, those elusive, rational yet clearly unpredictable qualities all of us are afraid of revealing or even thinking for fear we could get get comfortable with being the monsters we know humans are capable of. The story revolves around the fallacies of life, the follies of thinking, and the lines of so-called normality we all brush up against and fear we might cross. And this book lays out those fears, that indeed, in a different time and place, we are all capable of not only seeing the demons inside us most clearly but embracing them to act uncivilly in the most civilized manner. A great read, but be prepared to have a more than passing knowledge of Classical history. A good reference to the Classics will be helpful, for many of the references serve only to underscore the truly barbaric nature from hence we all sprang. On a different note, being from Vermont I was a tad dismayed with the apparent lack of knowledge of the area displayed by the author, which took away from the credibility of the story. Another failing on the part of the author and the editor(and contradiction) to clearly establish the time period. If it's the early to mid 60's (which is the right time frame for the feelings and practices) then there are at least three references which cause someone who pays attention to that consternation (I know, it's only a story!) I'll still give it 5 stars, and hope I never visit the depths of my mind as these characters do.
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I read this book the summer after it came out and it changed the way I look at contemporary literature. The characters are well-developed and you learn to know them as if they were your friends down the street. Eventually, as if you've known them for years. The descriptive details that Ms. Tart uses paints the scenes beautifully. She truly captures the feel of each season as the book unfolds. I have two copies of this book. I read it every winter and it reminds me that the contemporary literature isn't dead yet. Those who don't like this book, i'm going to guess, may lack the skills to comprehend the many references to popular culture and classical literature and art. For those of you clued in and intelligent, you'll wish you'd have found it years ago. A read you won't put down until it's finished, this book is for unpretentious, well-read intellectuals who think most books that are written today are simple formulas by people out of touch with the real world. The Secret History is written by a brilliant young writer for clued-in young readers, simply put. If you don't understand this novel, you probably weren't supposed to. And please, please Donna Tart: Those who read this book and feel it, are patiently awaiting your second novel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Witty, cruel, entertainment!!! 5. November 2002
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One of the most fascinating books I' ve ever read. Sometimes it's cruel, then, in a way it's really funny. A mixture of a teenager story and a deep view inside human being. You need a long breath but it's really worthy.
It's entertainment and a really good story.
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